The call to encourage one another and build one another up is far more than merely developing good neighbourliness and a positive community spirit. Rather, when Christians are reminded of their glorious transformation and victorious future, they are enabled to truly encourage their fellow believers
From a deep security in Christ and a contemplative relationship with him, we love others and take action to promote their good. Love is the connection: Love from God becomes love for God (contemplation) and love for others (action).
Building one another up is rooted in the gospel message—the hope of salvation we have in Christ Jesus. Paul exhorted the Thessalonian church to build one another up in the gospel, and through his letter to them he exhorts us to do the same.
We live in an age in which God’s glory was must be driven through gospel-centred, Christ-centred, God-glorifying churches. For this to happen, the gospel must go to people in word, power and the Holy Spirit—and with full assurance. Our churches need to be more outward